Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pottery Barn-Like Antiques for Less

The newest Pottery Barn catalog came in the mail yesterday and, as usual, it is full of goodness!  Who doesn't love a new catalog? It usually takes me a while to go through a catalog though.  I make a quick flip through the first time,  but then I like to delve a little deeper the second and third times through.  You see, it is not just about what they are selling.  For me it is all about how they are selling it.  I like to pay attention to how they decorate with and stage all of those pieces.  You don't notice all of those little details at first glance.  In fact, no matter how many times I flip through a catalog, I could probably find something new each time.

Well,  I found myself folding down the corners of several pages.  Lots of things were catching my eye, but not because I wanted to buy them.  It was because I already had them or a similar version at least!  The best part is that most of these things were either given to us by family or picked up during a day of "antiquing".  While we might not have paid a catalog price tag for any of these things, some of these items are true antiques and have a sentimental value that is priceless.

Take a look......

Trunk in living room // Trunk on media shelf //
Trunk as coffee table in sun room
(all of these were given to us)

Pottery Barn Vintage Bowling Set $129 // Vintage bowling pins on media shelf (given to us)

Pottery Barn Antique Globes $29-39 // Vintage globe on our bookshelf (we actually have two of these; one was given to us and the other cost $3 at an antique shop)

Pottery Barn Rhodes Kitchen Crock $24-39 // Vintage crock (given to us; we also have one about twice this size that we paid $25-30 for at an antique shop.......I have made pickles in both!)

Pottery Barn Vintage Keys, Set of 7 $19 // Vintages keys on the wall in our guest bedroom (the bottom left key was the start of our collection - it was the floor key to turn on/off our old gas logs; the rest of the keys were given to us)

Old drawer my husband used to keep his baseball cards in as a boy (given to him), vintage flasks on top (given to us), apothecary bottles on bottom with dice (some were given to us and the rest were bought for $4 at antique store) and bottle caps (bought as part of old bottle collection)

Glass jar with vintage marbles (both given to us) // Old mason jar with coffee beans (given to us)
Apothecary bottle with dried roses (given to us) // Glass jar with a picture of us from our reception (given to us)

Pottery Barn Antique-Silver Collection $79-129 // Silver trophies (won by my father-in-law and given to my husband)
All of this just goes to show that family heirlooms, hand-me downs and "antiquing" are just as good (if not better!) than anything you can buy from a catalog. 
Do you shop from a catalog or would you rather go "antiquing"?

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1 comment:

  1. I have not gotten the Pottery Barn catalog yet and I always enjoy seeing what they have. Looks like you have them figured out! I love the vintage bowling pins.